Mom Loves 2 Read: April 2013

Apr 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Link Up ~ 5/1/13 on Mom Loves 2 Read

Welcome to another Wordless Wednesday Link Up on Mom Loves 2 Read!
 
My youngest and our dog Daisy



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What would YOU do with a $300 Home Depot GC or Paypal? Enter on Mom Loves 2 Read to WIN!

Welcome to the Brood X $300 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway!

Hosted by Giveaway Promote.
Sponsored by author Michael Phillip Cash.

What would YOU do with a $300 Home Depot GiftCard or $300 via Paypal?  
Read through this post about Brood X and author MIchael Phillip Cash - then enter using the giveaway form for your chance to WIN this amazing Prize here on Mom Loves 2 Read!
Are you prepared for the invasion of Brood X? It's here and you need to get ready!
Nothing will stop this 17 year swarm from happening. All humanity can do is hope that they will not stay around long.
Introducing Michael Phillip Cash's new book, Brood X. It is available on Amazon and coming soon to online book stores near you. Now you can win a copy of Brood X and a $300 Home Depot Gift Card or $300 USD via PayPal to help you get prepared for the invasion!

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Apr 28, 2013

LD Products Giveaway Galore on Mom Loves 2 Read ~ 2 giveaways ~ $100 & a Hawaii Dream Trip too!


I was offered a chance to giveaway $100 to one of my readers to spend at LD Products.  I had not before heard of this website or its' products so I decided to check it out.  Here is what I found ~

LD Products is a website that provides discount printer ink and toner for pretty much every inkjet or laser printer on the market. They "carry a full line of printer inkjet cartridges, inkjet refill kits, laser toner, fax toner and countless other printer supplies that allow you to save money, without sacrificing quality" according to their website.




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Apr 27, 2013

Celebrate Mother's Day with FREE CollageIt Pro ~ GIVEAWAY & Review on Mom Loves 2 Read


To Celebrate Mother's Day, CollageIt Pro has offered my readers a chance to WIN one of 20 FREE codes (12 Windows & 8 Mac) to download CollageIt Pro!  (originally priced at $ 29.90)
 
You can make photo collages easy on both Mac OS X & Windows for free!  Here's How ~

CollageIt Pro is an easy-to-use photo collage maker for Mac OS X & Windows, which makes a collage automatically. In a matter of seconds, this collage software can turn any ordinary photos into impressive collages.

Try this free collage maker to produce you own style collages and share them with your friends and families in a unique way.  CollageIt Pro is a TOP 10 Photography APP on App Store! Here you can see some highlighted features:

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Apr 26, 2013

Mother's Day GIVEAWAY ~ Best of WB 100 Film DVD Collection ~ valued at $597.92 ~ enter on Mom Loves 2 Read

What do you get with the Best of WB 100 Film Collection ($597.92 MSRP)?  Check this out:

100 movies including all 22 of Warner Bros. Library’s Best Picture™ winners on 55 discs presented in book style premium packaging.
Plus two all-new documentaries: Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot and The Warner Bros. Lot Tour. With hours of commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more on select films.
AND it includes a limited edition 27” x 40” poster, plus a postcard series of Warner Bros. movie posters designed by legendary Bill Gold.


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Apr 25, 2013

Friday Connection Social Media Blog Hop ~ 4/26/13 on Mom Loves 2 Read

Welcome to the Friday Connection Blog Hop on Mom Loves 2 Read
Add your Social Media link to get new followers - make sure to follow others as well
Find new bloggers and make new friends
Most Importantly - HAVE FUN!

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Updated Review ~ Little Pim Language Learning Software for Children




Little Pim is a foreign language learning company that introduces children between the ages of 0 and 6 to a foreign language using DVDs, music CDs, flashcards, and books. 
Little Pim was designed around the latest scientific research regarding language acquisition and brain development. The method combines the work  of  leading neuroscientist Dr. April Benasich, and Julia’s own experience as a language teacher, filmmaker and mother.

The Little Pim series uses the Entertainment Immersion Method®, which engages a child’s natural love of play and learning through repetition.


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Re-Post ~ Children Learning Reading Program Update

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The first several years of your child's life are the most important for healthy brain development and growth. Critical aspects of a child's brain is established well before they enter school, and it is the experiences during these sensitive periods of development that play a critical role in shaping the capacities of the brain.

Through extensive research, testing, and trial and error the creators of ChildrenLearningReading.com developed a learning to read system that not only allowed them to teach their own children to read before turning 3 years old, but by the time their daughter was just 4 years 2 months old, she was already reading at a grade 3 level.

They now want to share that reading program with other parents.


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Apr 24, 2013

Mother's Day Jewelry Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read


Once again Mom Loves 2 Read has searched High and Low to find a fun Family Friendly Giveaway to post here for my wonderful readers and followers.  
Read through the description and enter away - one winner will receive some beautiful jewelry from Little Miss Pepper Designs -  

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Wondershare DVD Slideshow Software Review & GIVEAWAY ~ 5 winners on Mom Loves 2 Read



Just in time for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents' Day and all those fun summer vacations - what can you do with all the photos?  
Here is one idea . . .

Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe is so easy to use and has a simple easy Standard mode and an Advanced mode with all kinds of fun "goodies" to add and personalize your creation.

Great for making gifts for Grandparents, family and friends - Graduation parties, Birthdays, Weddings and so much more!  

I like how easy it was to use, easy to upload my photos straight from my computer harddrive into the program - and make a unique and fun DVD slideshow to show family. I used the advanced Mode so I could see all the different features that were available.

It is available for both Mac and Windows computers - and it a great resource for those who are not very good at the IT stuff, and other Mommies like me who can do a little but still haven't figured out how to use Photoshop - lol. 

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Apr 23, 2013

Blogger Event Opp - Free link! Sign up today on Mom Loves 2 Read

Kiss the Cook Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media
Prize: Rachael Ray Cookware Prize Package
Event dates: 6/3 - 6/24
Make sure to put that MOM LOVES 2 READ referred you!
SIGN-UP HERE!

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Wordless Wednesday Link UP 4/24/13 on Mom Loves 2 Read

Welcome back for another fun Wordless Wednesday.  
I found this picture while looking through old photos on my computer from when my kiddos were much, much younger . . . 

Considering all the rain we have gotten lately, I thought it was appropriate :)  
Kiddos definitely can't wait for Summer!




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Chick-fil-A® Leadercast® Blog App GIVEAWAY on Mom Loves 2 Read

Happy Spring to my wonderful readers!
Mom Loves 2 Read is announcing the Chick-fil-A® Leadercast® Blog App!  
Check it out and see what is coming  - then enter for a chance to WIN a fun prize pack!



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Apr 20, 2013

Earth Week Special Giveaway ~ NBC's Share & Tell ~ Eco Prize Pack Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read


What is NBC’s Share and Tell?

Did you know that for every pound of new goods produced, 71 pounds of waste are generated during manufacturing? This Earth Week, NBCUniversal is partnering with the sharing site yerdle to help you minimize your impact on the planet by sharing your stuff. One person’s stuff is another person’s story!


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Apr 16, 2013

Come Link Up Your Wordless Wednesday and check out all the fun pics ~ 4/17 on Mom Loves 2 Read

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday on Mom Loves 2 Read!
A weekly hop for bloggers who post Wordless (or worded) Wednesday Posts!


 All Dressed up and Ready to "POSE"
My girls love when Grandma Makes them cute clothes!  
AND they love to pose for the camera!



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Apr 13, 2013

Join the FUN with a Colorful Review & Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read

Colortime Crafts and Markers make travel, crafts and playdates more fun than ever.  They have items for Girls, Boys, Scouts, Holidays, T-shirts, Backpacks, Pillowcases and much  much more!  Check out their products to color and their Permanent Fabric Markers!  Such fun to be had for little cost!

Check out this adorable "green" bag that we received for this review.  My youngest Daughter - Lydia decided it would look good "splashed" with color.  Unfortunately she then took it into the backyard to play with and left it out all night during a storm so it didn't look nice enough to take a picture of. (Though it is washable and is currently in the laundry getting cleaned up!)

This is a fun bag that you can have your kiddos personalize just for you.  Let them show their style with this tote bag with permanent, non-toxic fabric markers. Having a playgroup, class, youth organization, or scout group color this 100% cotton muslin tote bag is a great way to encourage recycling and environmental awareness. It makes the perfect customized gift for grandparent or makes a handy way to carry library books, gardening tools, or toys! Color this 15" X 16" tote bag with Colortime's permanent fabric markers!

I love the quality of the bag - it is not one of those flimsy poorly made type but is constructed well with strong seems and made to last (even through storms apparently). There are MANY fun things to find at ColorTime Crafts like personalized pillowcases that are great for sleepover parties!  Or backpacks and T-shirts to color for family travel or just for fun.


ColorTime Markers work perfectly on any fabric.  They are Permanent Markers for fabrics!  They are larger than regular markers and made to last longer so you can get lots of repeated use from them!  But remember, they are PERMANENT - so they are harder to get off little hands than those washable, so make sure to keep watch over younger artists while using these markers or you may end up with more than just a cute bag . . . If your little one(s) is anything like mine, they love to color on things other than paper or fabric -


Thankfully this didn't happen with our ColorTime Markers!


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I received this item free in exchange for my honest review. Regardless ~ All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion and are not influenced nor reviewed by the sponsor prior to posting. For more info, see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

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Do you like the Hunger Games? Then check out my Double Header Review on Mom Loves 2 Read

The Girl Who Was on Fire
Completely Unauthorized ~ Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy

Katniss Everdeen's adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss' world really is.

• How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch's drinking, Annie's distraction, and Wiress' speech problems?
• What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
• Why isn't the answer to "Peeta or Gale?" as interesting as the question itself?
• What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history and what can we?

The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.



My Review:
This is a fascinating book. I loved reading the first book in the Hunger Games Trilogy. The second book was ok, but the third was disturbing, especially the ending. It was interesting hearing all the points of views about the Hunger Games included in this book. I was interested in reading this book to see what authors thought of the series. Each essay gives the reader a lot to think on. I liked seeing how different people viewed the same book(s) in many different ways. I thought this book was an interesting idea, but it's not one I'll read more than once. It is worth reading for those who Love the Hunger Games books and movie(s). But if you are not a fan of the Hunger Games, then this book is definitely not for you.



The Panem Companion
The UnOfficial Guide to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games

-What does Panem look like?
-How does Panem define race?
-How do Panem’s districts reflect the major themes of the trilogy?
-What allusions to our world are found in Panem names like Finnick, Johanna, Beetee, Cinna, Everdeen, and Mellark?

Go deeper into the home of the Hunger Games with the creator of the best-known fan map of Panem.

The Panem Companion gives fresh insight into Suzanne Collins’ trilogy by looking at the world of the Hunger Games and the forces that kept its citizens divided since the Dark Days. With a blend of academic insight and the true passion of a fan, V. Arrow explores how Panem could have evolved from the America we know today and uses textual clues to piece together Panem’s beliefs about class, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, and more. Includes an extensive name lexicon and color-illustrated unofficial map of Panem.



My Review:
This book really did not add much to my knowledge of Panem and the thirteen districts from what I had read in the books.   It is an insight into what could happen in our world to cause American to turn into a Panem type society.  The information and ideas in this book seemed to base most of the reasons for Panem turning out like it did to Race issues.  I really didn't care as much for this book as I thought I would when reading the blurb.


I received one or more books/products in the post above for review purposes only. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

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Apr 12, 2013

Friday Connection Blog Hop ~ 4/12/13 on Mom Loves 2 Read



Welcome to the Weekly Friday Connection Blog Hop
Hosted by Big Foot Tribe
& CoHosted by ME - Mom Loves 2 Read

Link up below to join the hop - this is a great way for bloggers to meet new bloggers and help boost our social media!  Plus it's FUN! 

Leave me a comment below with your blog address and I'll stop by and return the comment!

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Apr 11, 2013

Fun Family Vacation ~ Some Good, Some Bad, Some Unbelievable - check it out on Mom Loves 2 Read


For our kids' Spring Break from school, my husband and I decided to take them to St. Louis, MO for a short weekend trip.  My husband booked our hotel room using his Holiday Inn Points from all his travel with his job.  We planned to find a fun activity to do once we arrived on Friday, then spend the evening letting the kids swim in the hotel pool.  We planned to go to the Zoo on Saturday, early enough to get there when it opened, then head home on Sunday.
Well, all good plans do not always work out in the expected way.  Sometimes they turn out better . . . many times, especially when traveling with kids, they turn out much worse.

On Friday, we left the house almost exactly on time - super start to our vacation.  The kids actually behaved quite well all the way to St. Louis. *Click here For some of my Family Travel Tips*


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Awesome Breast Cancer Awareness Shirt ~ Mom Loves 2 Read Review


Awesome Breast Cancer Awareness Shirt From Breast-Cancer-Tshirts.com

I was offered a chance to review a Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt from Breast-Cancer-Tshirts.com
through Tomoson.com.  I was able to choose the size I wanted for this review.  I chose a Men's Large so it would be a nice roomy shirt for me to wear.  The shirt is a nice quality 100% cotton T-shirt that did not shrink when washed - which is nice!  These Breast Cancer T-shirts are available for purchase on the website in over 300 sizes, styles and color combinations. 

My shirt is comfortable and fun to wear.  Although I usually don't like wearing a White T-shirt, I love the fact that I am supporting Breast Cancer Awareness when I wear this one.  If you are looking for a way to show your support this is a great way to go.

Some of the other designs I really like are:

REAL MEN WEAR PINK DISTRESSED       SOCK IT TO CANCER    PEACE LOVE HOPE  

There are so many designs to choose from, that I have a hard time deciding which one I want to purchase next!  If you are looking for other fun T-shirt styles, the website also has shirts in a huge variety of categories like:  Dog shirts, Redneck shirts, Hunting, Military, Bacon shirts, "I'd rather be", and so many more including Personalized T-shirt options.  So check out Breast-Cancer-Tshirts.com for great T-shirts for the whole family!

I received one or more books/products in the post above for review purposes only through Tomoson.com. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

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Apr 10, 2013

The American Bible Challenge Daily Reader ~ Review & GIVEAWAY on Mom Loves 2 Read



On March 21st, the second season of the American Bible Challenge began, and is continuing to be an amazing show! 

Now check out the companion for the show ~  
The American Bible Challenge Daily Reader
Written by Troy Schmidt

*On what mountain did the burning bush appear in Exodus 3?
*At the sound of what instrument will we all be changed in 1 Corinthians 15?
*What did Abraham tell Sarah to make for the visitors in Genesis 18?
*How old was Joseph when he first tattled on his brothers in Genesis 37?
(Answers can be found at the end of this post.)



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Apr 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Link Up ~ 4/10/13 on Mom Loves 2 Read

Lydia (age 5) and our dog Daisy
Can you tell which are stuffed and which are real?
LOL




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News Flash ~ Feed Your Reader ebook deals launch ~ Kindle Fire, Paypal or Amazon GC Giveaway

Hello all and Happy Tuesday to you - I have some awesome news to share with all my ebook loving readers - my blogger friend Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has launched a new site aimed at bringing you the best Kindle Ebook Deals and Steals.



Each day on feedyourreader.com you'll find a new list of available ebook deals (most for under $3). Wow, I love finding good ebooks for less than $3 (and if I can find them less than $1 - even better!)



And of course there will be lots of  Featured Freebies too!  Who can resist FREE stuff?  I know I can't!


To celebrate the launch of the new site she is giving away a Kindle Fire, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.



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Apr 8, 2013

Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Capsules - Review & Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read

Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Capsules

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About ~
Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief is a breakthrough natural, patented pain relief formula that is a proprietary combination of 7 of the world’s most potent natural pain relievers that quickly and effectively alleviate inflammation, muscle aches and nerve pain—with NO known side effects and without a prescription.



Safe for daily use, this breakthrough formulation may be used to treat pain associated with: joints and muscles, inflammation, musculoskeletal disorders, nerve pain and sports injuries.


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Blogger Event ~ BTS Blast Giveaway & Summer Adventure - sign ups open!



Back to School Blast Event

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media
Prize: $1,000 in Gift Cards up for grabs!
Event dates: 7/1 - 8/1
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Apr 7, 2013

Family Trip Update ~ More Mommy Moments on Mom Loves 2 Read

Back from our weekend vacation and have I got a LOT to share with you!  If I weren't so exhausted I'm about to fall asleep while typing this, I'd go ahead and post about it.

Some great fun!  Some frustrating people and some honest reviews of our experiences are yet to come - so check back this week to find out the good, the bad, and the not so ugly of our most recent family vacation to St. Louis, Missouri!



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Apr 3, 2013

Event for Bloggers ~ $200 Paypal giveaway sign ups



Erica Start Walking is bring you an awesome Blogger Op to celebrate her 1,000 Fans on Facebook! I was so excited about this I could not wait to participate and share with my readers and give you the opportunity to participate as well. 


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Wordless Wednesday ~ Linky on Mom Loves 2 Read

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday on Mom Loves 2 Read!
To kick off my new participation in the Wordless Wednesday Link Up 
Hosted by BigFoot Tribe
I thought I would share some fun photos that remind me of March and Spring time. 

This first picture is from our trip to Hawaii in January of 2010.  We took our son, Josh with us and he absolutely loved it.  The flowers were gorgeous and the tropical plants were so beautiful everywhere we went.

This second picture is of my son  Josh, he "crossed over" this month from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts 
and as it was stated he is "no longer a boy, but on his way to becoming a man" ~
 not sure I'm ready for that yet - lol

And finally, in celebration of this past Easter Weekend.  
A picture of a risen Jesus leaving the tomb.
His is risen indeed.



Link up your Wordless Wednesday below! 
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